22 ways to increase your energy

22 Ways to Increase Your Energy

Fatigue and low energy levels tend to be significant issues when fighting chronic illnesses like Fibromyalgia, chronic pain and myofascial pain syndrome. In addition, pretty much all mamas that I speak to could do with an energy infusion too, so today I am offering you a list of ways to increase your energy.

22 ways to increase your energy

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  • Meditation – I am a big fan of meditation, as anyone following my blog for any amount of time would know. I can’t nap so it’s been a lifesaver on the days I am too miserably exhausted to keep going.
  • Healthy eating – food is fuel, fuel it right and it will work better. Personally, cutting white carbohydrates made a huge difference. For some it’s completely cutting grains, others it’s the entire Paleo diet, it’s all worth a try.
  • Getting the best night’s sleep possible – yes, this is a minefield when you have a chronic illness for which insomnia is an issue or when you have tiny children partying through the night. Low Dose Naltrexone is the only way I have managed to sleep in more than one hour blocks. For others it increases insomnia. If only insomnia wasn’t so contrary.
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  • Supplements for energy:
  • D-Ribose – this didn’t work for me, but my worst issue was definitely lack of sleep so I may notice a difference when I try it again after baby comes. I have heard heaps of people who swear by it.
  • CoQ10 – again, this didn’t previously work for me, but now that my sleep is under better control, I am keen to try it again when baby vacates the building! I have also heard of a high number of people for whom it works. It’s best taken in it’s more activated form ubiquinol.
  • Ashwagandha – I find taking this a bit like having too many coffees, I can’t seem to tolerate it, but it was worth a try.
  • Acetyl-L Carnitine – this one upset my tummy so I couldn’t take it near long enough to ascertain if it would help with my energy levels (two doses and I knew). This is another some that some people seem to swear by.
  • Essential oils – I adore essential oils, especially as they are completely natural. As I was just starting my journey when I became pregnant, I haven’t tried as many as I’d like. Though lavender and roman chamomile are brilliant to massage into tired, sore legs, glutes and low backs!
  • Ginger – it is warming, soothing and comforting. As a bonus it also soothes an upset tummy.
  • Lemon – it is meant to be uplifting and inspiring a positive mood.

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Why I’m Treating the Fibromyalgia as Naturally as Possible
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  • Cedarwood – apparently this essential oil stimulates the production of melatonin, which helps you sleep better, which in turn gives you more energy.
  • Grapefruit – is meant to uplift, revive and inspire.
  • Peppermint – this one is uplifting and brightening (I find) and I also find it highly useful for nausea.
  • Yoga poses like:
  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Cat and cow pose
  • Half sun salutation sequence
  • A quick, brisk walk outside
  • Vitamin D – get outside into the first morning sunshine or consider a vitamin D supplement.
  • Stay within your energy envelope – yes, this involves finding your energy envelope and it isn’t easy. I wrote about this in my book, that I was trying to fight my body as if I was at a level able to work six hours per day (and then go home to small children) when my pain and fatigue levels were more in line with four or five. This website takes you through the idea of your energy envelope. It’s pretty in depth and not a quick fix. But adhering to what I know I am capable of makes a big difference in pain and fatigue levels.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing (breathing from your tummy NOT your chest)

I hope that at least one of these 22 things are helpful for you. I’d love (LOVE) to hear of any other things you have come across to help you with fatigue/energy boosting?

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Fibro Mama Interviews: Brandi from Being Fibro Mom

As we well know, our experience of Fibromyalgia differs greatly. In order to shed some fibro mama interviewslight on how other Fibro parents do it, I am starting a series called Fibro Mama Interviews: Following the Journey. Our first interview is with Brandi from Being Fibro Mom!

Please give a brief introduction to yourself

I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Being Fibro Mom was created in 2013 with the intent of helping fibromyalgia sufferers become fibromyalgia thrivers and advocating for parents enduring the hardships of fibromyalgia. I also host a live show each Friday called Fibro Live in which I discuss the latest fibromyalgia topics, news, research, and more.

In addition, I am a regular writer for the international magazine, The Fibromyalgia Magazine. My column is candid and as real as it gets when writing about the perils of fibromyalgia as both a fibromyalgia thriver and fibro parent.

As a fibromyalgia advocate, I am the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for the non-profit organization, International Support Fibromyalgia Network.






What are your diagnoses?

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety, and depression.

How many children do you have, what are their ages?

I have four children – 11, 10, 8, and 6.

Were you diagnosed when you were pregnant?

Sadly, no. I went through all four of my pregnancies not knowing I had fibromyalgia. The symptoms were worse during those times of pregnancy, but I attributed it to being pregnant. Had I known I was living with fibromyalgia, I could have taken steps to ease my pregnancies.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to parents with chronic illness who are, or want to get pregnant?

Keep an open line of communication between yourself and physician, spouse, loved ones, and friends. Establish a solid support system and do not hesitate to say no to any tasks that will cause overexertion. And just as important, learn to ask for help.

And what is your favourite blog/book/social media about pregnancy, nursing or parenting with a chronic illness? (What resources would you recommend to support parents with chronic illness)

Shelley writes at Chronic Mom about living with fibromyalgia and lyme disease. Her sarcastic humor and straightforward ways with fibromyalgia are articles you don’t want to miss!

I would recommend joining a support group either online or in person. Talking to others that understand the struggle will be a better help than to those that have not experienced it. In 2016, I created a closed Facebook group, Fibro Parenting. The group is focused on any parent or guardian looking for support while parenting with fibromyalgia. Fibro parenting is a creative form of parenting, and is easier with the support and encouragement from fellow fibro parents.


For more information about pregnancy and Fibromyalgia:

Find my pregnancy diaries from my second pregnancy, in 2016.

Find my book Fibro Mama Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia AVAILABLE HERE
Sign up to receive my free micro-course: Arm Yourself with Knowledge coming soon to my free resource page.
Enroll in my eCourse Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia here.
Join the group Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia on Facebook, we chat about pregnancy, nursing and parenting with Fibromyalgia.

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